SoundChip SA, a Swiss-based global leader in hearable sound technology, today announced the opening of a new engineering centre focused on the research and development of advanced noise cancelling (NC) technology and providing comprehensive design-in support for customer-initiated product development.
Conveniently located between Manchester and Liverpool airports, the new facilities at Sci-Tech Daresbury comprise three biometrically secured laboratories, enabling “IP Clean Room” end-product development. Each lab is provisioned with its own state-of-the-art acoustic measurement equipment, including diffuse-field-emulators and reference head-and-torso-simulators (HATS). Additionally, to facilitate the precise cataloguing of developmental work-in-process (WIP), the centre also comprises a secured materials repository.
Mark Donaldson, CEO of SoundChip, said, “Noise cancellation is an increasingly important feature for our customers, especially in the Bluetooth and True-Wireless-Stereo (TWS) product segments. As customers look to deploy class-leading noise cancelling and smart audio features across a wider range of products and price-points, it is imperative that we grow our capacity to support them, and these new facilities represent an important first step.”
SoundChip also announced today that it would support the design-in of certain third-party NC chips in addition to its own class-leading and power-efficient HD-PA® devices by way of the company’s proven Waypoints™ end-product development process and Soundstation™ computer-aided-engineering and production tools.
Mark Donaldson stated, “SoundChip recognises that in a growing marketplace, integrated circuits are optimised for specific target applications. With this announcement today, we have chosen to provide our customers with access to a more diverse range of electronics and software solutions where it makes best sense to do so.”